A listed house, emblematic of the local region in the 17th century,
in Burgundy’s Bresse Country between Lyon and Dijon
Tournus, SAONE-ET-LOIRE burgundy 71700 FR

Location

This house stands along the Paris-Lyon-Marseille economic and tourist route, less than 1½ hours from the regional capitals of Lyon and Dijon. Furthermore, two sets of slip roads for the A6 motorway are 20 minutes away, whilst the Mâcon-Loché and Le-Creusot-Montchanin TGV train stations, 45 minutes away, make it possible to reach Paris or Geneva in 2 hours. Local towns such as Chalon-sur-Saône, Louhans and Tournus have all amenities. Bordering a secondary road, this house is easily accessed and clearly visible.

Description

Burgundy’s Bresse Country is composed of a plain, crossed by streams and ponds, dotted with scattered rural homes, constructed of brick and wood, sometimes white stone, topped with a steep roofing framework that used to be thatched. The house, currently up for sale, features all the local codes of vernacular rural architecture. Constructed along a passageway running parallel to the river Saône, during the first half of the 17th century, little is currently known of its initial vocation. The quality of its construction, with a double gallery, differs from the surrounding peasant homes and the state of its structural preservation led to its French Historic Monument listing as a building emblematic of its region.

The house

This house comprises a long, quadrangular building, constructed from half-timbering and brick, with a stone wall on its south-facing facade. The entire building is topped with a steep, three-sided roofing framework, covered with flat tiles. The main, pleasantly light facade features a double gallery, with five bays on both levels. With a masonry building at each of its ends, it resembles those stately homes with two dovecotes. On the first floor, the railings composed of curved cross bars appear unique in the Bresse region. On the rear facade, the back openings have made it possible to create a barn and a stable. A lean-to, at the end of the building, houses a shed and a garage. The house, renovated in the 1970’s, is concentrated in the southern third of the building.


Ground floor
Spanning approx. 80 m², this level comprises three parallel, partitioned areas awaiting conversion in accordance with new owners’ requirements. The renovation carried out in the 1970’s made it possible to provide the necessary home comforts for a modern way of life. It would now appear better for this space to be reorganised in keeping with the building’s original structure.
First floor
A spiral, wooden stairway once provided access to the gallery on the upper level. A vast room, spanning approx. 60 m², in its original condition, features a fireplace engraved with the letters “IHS” and “R.L” as well as the year 1641. It also has several mullioned, wooden openings.

The outbuildings

In the same building, the outbuildings have been converted in the northern two-thirds. Without changing the main facade, openings were created in the rear facade in order to create a barn and a cowshed. The barn, keeping an old chimney flue, a door and a mullioned window, was initially living space. Under a lean-to are a garage and a shed. One room, used as a boiler room, houses an oil-fired boiler.

The grounds

Spanning a surface area of approx. 3,500 m², the grounds are homogeneously laid out around the building. Two wells are to be found in front of and behind the house.

Our opinion

Wood, earth and stone. These three ingredients, so old-fashioned, made it possible to construct this building, with a noble simplicity almost four centuries ago. Saved from ruin a few decades ago by its current family, some renovations could easily be altered with the help and support of the French Historic Monument Society, in order to pass the character and authenticity of the premises on to future generations. Furthermore, the renown and the visibility of the building will enable potential buyers with economic and cultural projects to breathe new life into the building and to radiate the Bresse culture.

180 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 941565

Land registry surface area 3500 m2
Main building surface area 80 m2
Number of bedrooms 4

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Gautier Dumontet +33 1 42 84 80 85

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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